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From Edward Blyth   8 September 1868

7 Princess Terrace, | Regent’s Pk,

Septr. 8 /68.

My dear Darwin,

I duly received your note when in Wilts,1 where I found it too hot to go much about. I am much pleased with the invitation, but more especially so to find from it that you are well enough to entertain your friends. I met Wallace on Sunday at the Z. G., & he told me that he intended to be with you.2

Sclater tells me that he is as desirous as anyone can be to get hold of the African rhinoceros, but he still haggles about the price. He showed me an excellent portrait of the beast.3

Yours very truly, | E Blyth


CD’s invitation to Blyth has not been found. Wallace and his wife, Annie Wallace, as well as John Jenner Weir and Blyth, arrived on Saturday 12 September 1868 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). Z.G.: the Zoological Gardens in Regent’s Park, London.
See also letter from Edward Blyth, 31 August 1868 and n. 4. Philip Lutley Sclater was the secretary of the Zoological Society of London.


Thanks CD for invitation to Down.

Letter details

Letter no.
Edward Blyth
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Princess Terrace, 7
Source of text
DAR 160: 216
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6358,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16